A man who was involved in a criminal activity that eventually led to the shooting of an officer with the Carbondale (IL) Police Department has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

According to TheSouthern.com, the man—identified as 28-year-old Matthey Manly—was among a number of co-conspirators who were involved in an illegal narcotics operation between November 2014 and August 2016.

During his statement to police, Manley said he and others came to Carbondale in July 2016 to collect a debt owed them. During that incident, shots were fired, prompting a police response.

A vehicle pursuit ensued. During that pursuit, 24-year-old Alex Karcher fired several shots from a rifle, striking Officer Trey Harris in the eye. In November 2018, Karcher was sentenced to a total of 27.5 years in prison for firing at Harris.

Harris had to medically retire from law enforcement due to his injuries. He was 26 at the time of the shooting and had served with the department for just three years.

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